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Lighting that ROCKS 2!

Posted on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 03:16PM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge in , , , , | Comments8 Comments | References2 References



Tuesday this week I photographed 22 Wedding dresses for a 13 page editorial in a magazine. I only had about 15 min pr. dress so I had to think how can I light well and change it fast without adjusting to much power etc. I came up with this 5 light set up (see overview) after lot's of thinking the night before. From left lamp #1 a 74inch Elinchrom Octa Bank working as an even backlight for the whole body. Lamp #2 a square pan reflector with grid in the middle above the thunder grey Superior seamless paper background. Then lamp #3 a 2nd octa (this one medium) on the right side of the bride, is in this overview pulled more forward then in the sample shots (more back like the large octa on the left). The next light #4 is essential for this shots, it's a spot with a grid pointed to the brides face, trying to avoid the dress. Last lamp #5 is a fill about 2 f stops under the spot and octa's sent into my neutral grey wall and ceiling for a large fill in a high angle. The whole thinking is to light the dresses best possible which leave the face dark in the middle (see image underneath), then punch the face with the spot in a flattering way for the model (image number 2 underneath text). I almost always, inside and outside light the dress and face separately, simply because they look their best in different light :-) Last image shows a variation with profile, we can work so fast when assistant here quickly follow the models face with the spot. All lamps Elinchrom , camera Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, lens Canon 70-200mm. f2.8 

PS. I am generally against many images in a blog, but felt this one needed it to illustrate the light well.


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Another excellent post and lighting setup. I like the way the dress really stands out from the background. And the VAL works well for facial lighting.But, doesn't the dress designer complain about the lack of brightness on lower front of dress, where in many cases there is lots of detail?

November 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercharlie

Thank you Charlie,
The details in front is so there. This posted files are auto contrast only.Before they go to print we will do some adjustments in several areas.Just didn't want to wait to post it, and I'm so not the PS person in my company:-) Details in the dress is so a must on a job like this and that is one of the main reasons I lighted it like this.
Respectfully, Kenneth
PS. This was a editorial shoot so I wasn't even required to show the full dresses like it would be in a catalouge shoot.

November 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKenneth Linge

Love the pictures. Great tips. Thanks for everything.


You said
"PS. I am generally against many images in a blog, but felt this one needed it to illustrate the light well."

Well I'm glad you chose to put a couple of pics in there.
It helps tell a more rounded story from several angles
(pun intended)

I guess it's about the audience:
the client, the clients friends, other photographers, other of your friends... or some type of combination.

Personally i find posts with only one picture not worth my time to go to the blog.
And if they have something great to say I would have preferred they put more than one example.
After all we teach repetition in our photography teaching. ;)

November 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjarvie

Nice! I'll have to try this! Thanks for all the great tips! I saw the cover of Utah Valley magazine yesterday with Kurt Bestor and thought of you!

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Ok this may sound like a stupid question it says on the website that you linked to for the adapter with four sockets "not for use with incandescent lamps" so what type of lamp could you use this socket with?

P.S. LOVE that shot in front the the window and thanks for sharing this with everyone on extending the light. I love all the inexpensive tips you give. Not everyone has the money to go out and spend thousands on lighting equipment. It is so great that you tell how you can achieve the same results. And very well I might add, your work is awesome!!

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebel

I really love your photo editing, excellent work kenneth...

November 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLas Vegas Photographer

beautiful images and great light.

January 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkarl bratby

you did an amazing job with that. I bet that it took you a lot time to do it. you will work great in ads of everything even of Buy Viagra

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Gray

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